Sunday, April 12, 2015

On Disneyland, Hollywood, and Kratos

Been pecking away at the great bio WALT DISNEY-THE TRIUMP OF THE AMERICAN IMAGINATION by Neal Gabler for a long while. When I read I do read fast but I don't read often, so finishing up books takes me some time.
Anyway, I came across this passage just now that really speaks to my love of movies and Disneyland and also speaks very much to my creative side.

"Hollywood- the creation largely of Eastern European Jews who expunged their pasts by devising a better world of their imaginations- refined and idealized reality.  So would Disneyland, the creation of  a wounded man who expunged what he saw as the darker passages of his past by devising a better world of his imagination, through one that was obviously colored by images of Hollywood."

As a mild manner'd (mostly in my real life, anyway) fella, I'm not as angry or mad or violent or insane as Sweet Tooth. But I DO feel that rage inside from time to time.

And as a short guy with zero muscles and excess weight (esp. as of late!) I'm not near as buff or bad ass or strong as Kratos. But I DO feel that power in me at times.

And in my dreams and in my creations -that I help to build and co-create with a whole host of people- I get to be all of those things.

Nice to know I'm in some pretty great company of other creative types who use their creative work for similar- albeit emotionally very different- purposes :).


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